The Shade of Poison Trees

The Shade of Poison Trees

by Dashboard Confessional
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The Shade of Poison Trees 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happened with this album? All the songs are acoustic, and the lyrics are so poorly constructed. The entire album is half an hour long! I expected more from Dashboard Confessional with this album. They seemed to have lost their voice with this one. This is a total disappointment compared to Dusk and Summer. If you're a die hard DBC fan, please read the reviews for this album BEFORE you buy it! Compared to their previous albums, this one is just a total disappointment. I expected more from them, and I got nothing... The only DECENT tracks I got out of this album were Where There's Gold, These Bones, and The Shade of Poison Trees. The rest don't work for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you can tell on this album that chris carraba is trying to craft songs that put him on the map like "the best deceptions" and "screaming infedelities" "in fact, on the third track of the album the beginning riff is almost identical to "screaming infedelities"". it's a nice breather from the electric guitar-heavy, band feel of "dusk and summer," and it has the same intimate feel that he's always been able to carry on his albums. "where there's gold..." and "the rush" are highlights. he has grown in his songwriting, and this is his most mature album. unfortunately, it's inevitable that fans listening will be hoping for the magic he captured with "the places you have come to fear the most," but they won't find that here. what they will find is a good collection of acoustic songs. personally, i think he was on the right track with "dusk and summer" and hope see some more albums like that in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ah finally, something OTHER than love/sex songs. crafted with maturity, sarcastic humor, and reality, this album is filled with metaphors and lyrics that covers the real message. And you absolutely won't realize he has something to say unless you actually pay attention to the lyrics. It has a blend of countryside themes though, something like texas tunes, gold diggers, etc. Not something I was really interested with texan accented singers. I have nothing against texans, just the cute accent, can never get used to it. I really like "these bones" and "blood and connections", probably because I see these songs A LOT in people. I get a good laugh at "fever dreams", one cause he was obviously not serious in making the tune, and it sounds like some song a bad guy would sing when he mocks his dying victims. "Little bombs", another sarcastic song, covers the reality of people and their wrong doings. A nice song to sing aloud to annoy someone who did something wrong. "Keep watch for the mine" has a fun tune and tells you you're mouth can make you everyone's enemy, so watch it. The rest of the songs, like "Shade of poison trees" and "the rush", chris successfully hid his message, if that was what he was aiming for. And songs like "widows peak", "clean breaks", "the only gift I need", are more of serious love songs, something what the rest of us expected from this album. What really caught me off guard was how mature it was than his previous albums. None of those, cheezy things like I hear from ne-yo, chris brown, leona lewis.The songs were short, sweet, and absolutely original. Just the way i like it. Anyway, for me I really liked it, it really gave me a break from all those boring, cliched love songs about two people falling in love, missing each other, sorry that they broke each other's heart. Ugh. At least I'm not alone in thinking that there's something more in this world than just intimate love songs about relationship. One thing is for sure though, from the length , tunes, and short lyrics of the songs, he wasn't serious in making them. Like something he invented in five minutes time.
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